Caring for your knitwear......

Knitwear can last a long time if it’s cared for properly. With the advent of a new year and people making pledges to buy less and live more sustainably by looking after what they have, I thought a blog post on how to look after your knitwear might be welcome.  

Some of you may have been given a neck or wristwarmers for Christmas so I’m targeting this post on wristwarmers but most of these points will be applicable to any sort of knitwear.  

Wristwarmers in particular get a lot of hard wear, they stretch as your hands move and become dirty from picking up things and generally being worn! One of the ways in which you can bring them back to tip top condition is to give them a wash. 

Soak the wristwarmers in lukewarm and mild soap - I use Ecover Delicate but I’m sure there are other detergents which would be just as good. 

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Squeeze the soapy bubbles through the gloves but be careful not to agitate or rub too much as it will result in felting the wrist warmers further. Do not stretch or wring! 

Rinse in clean water until you cannot see anymore suds coming from the gloves.  

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I lie the wristwarmers out on a clean tea towel and gently use the towel to absorb any excess water and shorten the time it will take them to dry.

Again, it’s very important that you don’t wring them out as that will result in stretching and misshaping the gloves. Once all the excess water has been removed, reshape the gloves and pop them somewhere warm to dry flat. I pop all of mine in the airing cupboard on top of a pile of towels. Do not tumble dry! 

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Pressing can be done lightly with the iron set to a wool setting. You can carefully use a bit of steam to help with this process.  

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As the weather gets warmer and you no longer need to be wearing your knitwear, it’s advisable to give it one last wash and then store it away carefully. 

If anyone else has any tips on how to look after their knitwear I’d love to hear them?! 

Happy customers!

When you hand-craft something with love, there is simply nothing better than receiving positive feedback from happy customers.

Earlier this month, I was heartened by one happy customer in particular. Cris Black, founder of Leaping Cow creative design took a fabulous short video of her working away at her computer– keeping toasty warm in her newly purchased Kate Box Knit wristwarmers. Take a sneak peek here:

We originally met via Instagram, then Cris came to find me at the recent Watoto Fair. Cris is a print and digital media designer who works with businesses to help them communicate with their customers in a persuasive style. You can see more of her work here: www.leapingcow.com I absolutely love Cris’s video – she models my wrist warmers in action so beautifully. Thank you Cris!

 

Over to you

I would be so thrilled to see more happy customers wearing Kate Box Knitwear this winter. Keeping cosy in style as the weather turns colder.

I’d love to create a montage of your images in a December blog post and share via our social media platforms in the coming weeks.

If you’d like to share a picture or short video, please do get in touch at kate@kate-box.co.uk . It would be such a fabulous way to capture our Autumn/Winter season!

Upcoming Christmas Events

With just 61 days until Christmas, it is all systems go here at Kate Box Knit HQ! November is a particularly busy month as I will be popping up at some brilliant Hampshire events. So, if you’re local, please do come along and say hello! With the colder weather now here to stay, it’s the perfect time to wrap up and keep warm in style with a new season Kate Box Knitwear design.

November events - come say hello!

The Watoto Christmas Fair

Where: The Tithe Barn, Ditcham, Petersfield, GU31 5RQ

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When: 9-4pm, Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th November.

Details: The Watoto Trust is a charity that believes by relieving poverty and educating children the world can become a better place. They provide sponsorship for individual, bright, impoverished Kenyans as well as increasing awareness of the problems facing Kenya including pressure on natural resources and loss of habitat. 

More info: www.watototrust.org/events/

 

Wyld’s Farm Launch Party

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Where: Wyld’s Farm, Warren Road, Liss. GU33 7DF 

When: 6.30-9.30pm, Friday 10thNovember.

Details: Come and celebrate at the 2017 Season Launch, there will be tasty, hot, street food, gift shopping, live music and The Apres Tree Bar stocked with gin, rum and mulled wine! 

For more information on further opening hours please visit: 

www.wylds-farm-christmas-trees.co.uk

 

Farnham Maltings Christmas Fair 

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Where: Farnham Malting Christmas Fair, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey. GU9 7QR 

 When: Wed 29th Nov 1pm-9pm  & Thurs 30th Nov 10am-8pm

Details: A fantastic local event, featuring a bustling marketplace with over 150 stands specialising in handmade gifts, unique stocking fillers, crafts, vintage, food and drink. 

More info: www.craft.farnhammaltings.com/portfolio/christmas-fair/

 

Can’t make it to an event? All Kate Box Knit designs are available online  – SHOP THE RANGE.

Buying for a friend or relative and not sure what they’d like? We also offer Kate Box Knitwear gift vouchers, please email kate@kate-box.co.uk – the perfect gift for a winter birthday or Christmas.

My story........Kate Box Knitwear

I’m always fascinated to learn more about the amazing small business owners that I meet - to find out more about their personal stories and how they came to be doing what they do now. So, this week I thought it would be fun to kick-off my weekly seasonal blog with sharing a little bit about myself and my career path.

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I always knew I wanted to go to art college and started with a foundation course at Winchester to try out lots of different art and design disciplines. Textiles just clicked for me. I went on from Winchester to Chelsea college of Art where I did a degree in Textile design and then finally did an MA in Knitwear at the Royal College of Art.

 

My final collection at the Royal College of Art was spotted by the designers from Ghost and I was offered a 3-month placement with them over the summer. It was very creative and I worked on some one-off pieces for their catwalk show which was exciting. After my placement had ended there I took a job as a design assistant at Pringle which was very different, as you would imagine working in a large corporation to be. Designing was all about sales figures and what would be most commercial, I absolutely hated it but with hindsight I can see the benefit of gaining that experience. I was only there for a year when I got the job as design assistant to Orla Kiely which was a dream position. It was a hugely creative company that put emphasis on good design. The design team were well supported and looked after and Orla was/is an incredible designer.

 

After I had my daughter we knew that we wanted to move out of London and with that meant leaving my job at Orla Kiely. Moving to Hampshire was a new start and I accepted that that would mean moving my career in a different direction.

 

It wasn’t really a conscious decision to set up a business designing knitwear. I just sort of fell upon it by making things for friends and then finding a shop in my local town that would stock a few things that I was making. When I look back, the products to begin with were very hit and miss but things slowly evolved and I hope they keep evolving.

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I like to walk or cycle my children to school- I enjoy getting out for some fresh air before I start working. When I get home, I make a coffee and then normally tackle any emails that need doing as I’m much better at computer/written work first thing in the morning. I’ll start knitting on the machine around 10 and tune into Woman’s Hour. After that I’ve been known to knit and watch any type of gardening programme I can, Monty Don presenting if possible! At 3pm, I down tools and resume my other role as mum, collect children from school and normally offer a taxi service to football or Brownies. Once everyone has been fed, washed and put to bed the work will sometimes resume. I’m not one for working too late though as I really like my sleep!

 

I find colour and design quite intuitive, everything influences it subconsciously- exhibitions, seasons, films, etc. I’m not sure I could pin point one thing that is a big influence. I really enjoyed the Vanessa Bell exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery this year.

 

My favourite part of running my own business is definitely the flexibility around the children coupled with being my own boss. My least favourite is that it’s very difficult to turn off – it’s like having a third child that I’m always thinking about!

 

The best piece of business advice that I’ve been given? It’s better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly – Robert Schuller. I have to constantly remind myself of this quote!

 

If you haven’t entered already, at the moment I’m running a competition on Facebook to win a pair of wristwarmers - follow the link to be in with a chance! 

 https://www.facebook.com/KateBoxKnit/posts/1499580833463429:0

New Season launch........

I’m pleased to announce that my new 2017-18 Autumn/Winter range has launched!

A new collection of Kate Box Knit original designs – each piece hand-crafted by me in my home studio. 

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The new collection

With a chill in the air and the colours and hues of autumn truly upon us, it’s time to put on an extra layer!  This Season’s collection was designed to draw upon customer favourites from last year, whilst introducing some new products too.

One of my favourites for this season is the Kate Box Knit ‘loop scarf’ which can be worn in several ways (there will be a future ‘how to wear’ blog post on this so stay tuned).  The loop scarf is also a lovely piece to add to an outfit for inside wear as well as out!

Take a look at my new collection here

Mix and match

All new pieces have been carefully designed to mix and match with each other, and to complement items from past seasons.  I’ve enjoyed working with different proportions of stripes and softer colours and tones whilst still including pops of signature bright colours. 

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Keep up-to-date

I’m going to be writing a seasonal blog which will be published each Wednesday and will be sharing news, events, inspirations, tips and advice and monthly competitions!

Competition time........

To celebrate our new season launch, this month I am running a competition to win a pair of wrist warmers! Head over to Facebook to enter!  https://www.facebook.com/KateBoxKnit/posts/1499580833463429:0